Obrigado, a three-time winner in Europe, will aim for his first North American victory in Sunday's $100,000 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds on the Hollywood Park turf.From the barn of Neil Drysdale, the French-bred gelding finished third in the Will Rogers Handicap (gr. IIIT) while making his first North American start May 21. Corey Nakatani will be aboard Obrigado, who carries top weight of 118 pounds in the Cinema, which will be contested at 1 1/8 miles on the Lakeside Turf Course. Eight are entered.New Joysey Jeff, trained by Mark Glatt, beat Obrigado while finishing second in the Will Rogers. He led in the final furlong but came up three-quarters of a length short of the since-injured Stratham.
Genre, runner-up to Stratham in the La Puente in April, made his North American debut at Hollywood in November. He finished second while running on dirt in the Real Quiet Stakes, but was placed first through the disqualification of Bob and John.Niagara Causeway will try to improve from a fifth-place finish in the Will Rogers, while the gelding The Five J's and Irish-bred Chadlington meet tougher company after registering victories in their most recent races. $150,000 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT, Race 7, 4:20 p.m.), 3-Year-Olds, 1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. The Five J's (FL), 114, David Cohen
2. Niagara Causeway (KY), 113, Jon K. Court
3. Film Fortune (KY), 113, Tyler Baze
4. Genre (GB), 118, Martin A. Pedroza
5. Obrigado (FR), 118, Corey S. Nakatani
6. New Joysey Jeff (KY), 117, Jose Valdivia, Jr.
7. Chadlington (IRE), 114, Alex O. Solis
8. Global Genius (IRE), 112, Aaron T. Gryder